Maple Shop Mallets

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 10-22-2015 01:37 AM 1535 views 2 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We needed two mallets for the wood lathes at the high school, so I turned them as demos while some of the other kids were making bowls. One of the mallets is at school being finished in the spray booth by a student. The heads are solid maple and were turned yesterday. The maple plywood handles were turned with oval hand grip areas and that was today’s demo project. I had a little more to do on this one so I brought it home to finish it.
I finished this one with clear enamel.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 10-22-2015 01:48 AM

Nice job, but pretty fancy for the shop.

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#2 posted 10-22-2015 02:06 AM

Looks good. And not a bad match with the maple ply.

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#3 posted 10-22-2015 03:08 AM

That looks just like a judges gavel . Here come the judge .

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#4 posted 10-22-2015 04:40 AM

Very COOL…

At first, I thought they were Gavels… :)

That Maple plywood is a good Grade!

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#5 posted 10-22-2015 05:43 AM

Beautiful mallet.

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#6 posted 10-22-2015 06:28 AM

Awesome work. Kids have a great teacher.

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#7 posted 10-22-2015 06:29 AM

Great mallet!
Would be a shame to actually use it….
Does the handle go all the way through the head, or just part?

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#8 posted 10-22-2015 06:45 AM

”turned with oval hand grip areas”
Off center turning? Gotta try that. Way to teach ‘em to make their own tools, Jim! Thanks for sharing.

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#9 posted 10-22-2015 07:30 AM

Nice mallet. I bet they are very expendable in your school class and sure this is not the last one you will make.

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#10 posted 10-22-2015 07:47 AM

Real nice Jim, like the plywood handles, the school kids are sure getting some great turning lessons.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#11 posted 10-22-2015 09:58 AM

Nice work Jim! I wish someone would donate custom turned mallets for my high school shop (hint)... My lack of proficiency on the lathe should be noted. hey, isn’t christmas right around the corner?

I’m sure the kids love it, too!

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#12 posted 10-22-2015 12:00 PM

These are beautiful mallets, Jim. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 10-22-2015 01:51 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I’m glad you like them.
I made them because I always had to take my mallet for demos and got tired of seeing them using a claw hammer on the lathe to tap out centers, etc. I also wanted them to see the patterns you get when turning plywood, when it is rounded the play patterns are beautiful. I gave 2 more blanks I laid up to 2 of the students and they will try their luck at them as well, but not until they have made a bowl and get used to what each lathe tool is used for.

Hi Yuval, the handle goes about 3/4 of the way through the head and it glued in. It was about a press fit to begin with so there is no wiggle to it without the glue. That is there the kids will need the most help- fitting a turned diameter to a bored hole. I think the shop teacher has a digital caliper. I always bring mine,too.

Hi Candy, off center turning is different. It is a feel in the cutting because you can’t see what is being cut. Plywood is especially bad in that you can rip off a whole ply if the glue is not good and the cut is too heavy. Use solid wood when you try it.

Hi Tooch. I have my hands full here. We have 2 lathes that are down and I’m helping with them. I wish you were closer so I could visit your school shop and demo one of these.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 10-22-2015 06:15 PM

Jim Nice looking mallets! Great idea for beginner’s

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#15 posted 10-22-2015 07:47 PM

Thanks Bob!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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